Dirty on Purpose is a four-piece band from Brooklyn, NY, whose music is often described as indie pop or shoegaze. Composed of Doug Marvin (drums, vocals), Joseph Jurewicz (guitar, vocals), George Wilson (guitar, vocals) and DJ Boudreau (bass guitar), the band formed in 2002 and started playing around New York. The band's music is guitar-oriented with alternating male and female vocals. The fuzzed-out guitar work is also reminiscent of '90s bands such as My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain.
The band self-released its critically-acclaimed EP, Sleep Late For a Better Tomorrow, in 2004 and re-released it on North Street Records in 2005. In 2006, Dirty on Purpose released the full-length debut, Hallelujah Sirens, on North Street Records. After critical praise from publications like Pitchfork , Entertainment Weekly, NPR , Allmusic, Filter, Spin , Alternative Press and more, Hallelujah Sirens was nominated for "Best Indie Rock Album" at the 2007 PLUG Independent Music Awards. The band also co-hosted an episode of MTV2's alternative music show, "Subterranean," with host Jim Shearer, which premiered the band's music videos for "Light Pollution," "No Radio" and "Mind Blindness." In 2008, Dirty on Purpose released a second EP, Like Bees featuring guest female vocals from Jaymay and Holly Miranda. The band then released a free digital-only EP called Dead Volcanoes on RCRDLBL.com.
Dirty on Purpose has performed in music festivals like SXSW, the CMJ Music Marathon, Siren Music Festival, South Street Seaport Music Festival, San Diego Street Scene, Pop Montreal and more. The band also appeared in-studio for radio performances at KEXP, WOXY and Indie 103.1. Throughout the band's career, Dirty on Purpose has played with bands including Arcade Fire, the Decemberists, The Besnard Lakes, Band of Horses, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Album Leaf, the Thermals, Earlimart, Say Hi To Your Mom and Fujiya & Miyagi.